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‘The couple could barely keep their eyes off each other throughout’ When Andrew arrived at St Peter’s Church, Reverend Marjorie Hill was ready to offer a few words of last-minute advice before the start of the ceremony. Marjorie is a family friend, with Sue’s mother Jacquie Laybourne having known her for many years. “It was a very personal service,” Andrew said. “Marjorie said during the ceremony that I had promised not to play on the Xbox as much and Sue had promised to stop finishing the ends of my sentences!” It was a big occasion for the Reverend too though, and she quickly had to correct herself when she called Sue by her middle name – Louise – during the vows. “I think she was a little bit nervous too as she knows the family,” Sue said. “I think she saw my face when she said ‘Louise’! Marjorie did a great job though and it was a really nice ceremony.” After the opening hymn, Morning Has Broken, the declaration and the exchange of the rings, Andrew’s mother Christine Smith read Wedding Day, a hauntingly beautiful poem that she had written especially for the big occasion. “She’s really good with words,” Andrew said. “That was the first time anyone had heard it. Her voice was going a bit, but I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house!” A reading of 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 – ‘Faith, hope, and love abide; but the greatest of these is love’ – by family friend Jill Wood was followed by the address, the final hymn, Shine Jesus Shine, and the closing prayers. The couple could barely keep their eyes off each other throughout the service. Then it was the turn of Jill’s daughter, Sarah Weston, to sing to the congregation while Andrew and Sue signed the marriage register, with her repertoire including Elvis Presley’s famous Can’t Help Falling In Love. “We didn’t want a long service,” Andrew said. “We wanted to keep it quite short and that seemed to be just right. “It was really intimate and it seemed to suit everyone there too.” With the ink drying on the register, Andrew and Sue

Smith then led their beaming family and friends out of the church, emerging into the glorious summer sunshine as husband and wife. out of the church, emerging into the glorious summer sunshine as husband and wife. out of the church, emerging. “We didn’t want a long service,” Andrew said. “We wanted to keep it quite short and that seemed to be just right. It was really intimate and it seemed to suit everyone.” “We didn’t want a long service,” Andrew said. “We wanted to keep it quite short and that seemed to be just right. “It was really intimate and it seemed to suit everyone there too.” With the ink drying on the register, Andrew and Sue Smith then led their beaming family and friends out of the church, emerging into the glorious summer sunshine as husband and wife. out of the church.”

When Andrew arrived at St Peter’s Church, Reverend Marjorie Hill was ready to offer a few words of last-minute advice before the start of the ceremony. Marjorie is a family friend, with Sue’s mother Jacquie Laybourne having known her for many years. “It was a very personal service,” Andrew said. “Marjorie said during the ceremony that I had promised not to play on the Xbox as much and Sue had promised to stop finishing the ends of my sentences!” It was a big occasion for the Reverend too though, and she

Wedding Day ‘Sue, a beautiful young women, meets Shaun, a handsome young man. They fall in love, their lives become entwined, and their hearts become one. Their shared love for Emily is something very special to see. ‘Today Marjorie, a special family friend, binds them with love, vows and wedding bands. The proud parents dressed in all our finery wish you health, wealth and happiness. Above all else we wish you love. ‘For today they are Bride and Groom. Their love is all around us. You hear it in the vows they solemnly promise to keep. You see it in the happy tear that falls slowly down the cheek. You see it in the loving hand that gently brushes it away. You hear it in the giggles and laughter of the bridesmaids on this, their special day. You see it in the happy smiling faces of the family and friends who share this, your wedding day.’

by Christine Smith

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